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Since the enforcement of masks has started, “maskne” mask acne, has been a huge problem in the skincare industry. Rubbing can cause irritation or chafing which creates a type of rug burn as found especially on the bridge of the nose and behind ears where elastic bands may be. Sometimes the material of the mask can absorb natural oils, his will leave the skin dry and sensitive. Residue from laundry detergent can get stuck in the fabric and cause irritation. If you have rosacea or psoriasis, this can cause a flare up. Occlusion from a mask can also cause acne. Your breath gets trapped beneath the mask, creating a warm and moist environment. Besides regular acne, occlusion can also lead to folliculitis which is when bacteria or yeast infect hair follicles.
It can be tricky trying to find the right mask that allows you to breath without triggering maskne. The best choice for homemade is tightly woven 100% cotton. It is effective and gentle on the skin. Before putting on your mask, wash your face and apply a good moisturizer. Skip makeup. You don’t need it; your mask will be covering. Of course, only wear clean masks and stay away from fragranced detergents. If you are using surgical masks, do not reuse them. This is a good time to avoid harsh medicated products like retinol or benzoyl peroxide.
The bottom line is, because of the coronavirus pandemic, we might be wearing masks for a long time. The right skin care routine can help lessen the mask related skin concerns and breakouts.
Eyelashes can make a huge difference in the way you look. Both eyelash perms and extensions have lasting effects of up to a few months if taken care of properly. If you are having trouble trying to decide what is best for you, I will go over the procedure, maintenance, and cost.
An eyelash perm is a semi-permanent treatment to curl your natural lashes upward. Dyes can be added too. This will give the illusion that you have larger eyelashes and will create a more doe-eyed look. An eyelash perm can last for 1 to 3 months with the proper care.
How is it done? An eyelash roll is placed on the eyelid and the lashes are fixed to the roll. A gel is dabbed onto the eyelashes. The poll is removed, and your eyelashes will remain that way for 6-8 weeks. A dye can be added if your lashes are light in color.
There is very low maintenance with
an eyelash lift. Unlike lash extensions, rubbing your eyelashes will not cause
them to fall off.
This is for someone who is looking
for maintenance and a more natural look to wear on a daily basis. Here at JYS,
I offer the YUMI lash treatment for $149.
A pad is placed under the eye and you are asked to close your eyes. I go through your lashes applying extensions to every, or every other, lash with a medical-grade adhesive. Extensions vary in length, thickness, and curl.
With lash extensions, you need to try not to rub your eyes. Touch-ups are required every 2-3 weeks.
If you have short or sparse lashes, eyelash extensions are a good investment. I offer classic, volume, and hybrid lashes. Classic lashes are the most natural extensions, volume lashes are dramatic, and hybrid lashes give you the best of both worlds.
A new set of lashes is $230. A 60-minute lash fill is $69 for classic, $86 for hybrid, and $98 for volume/mink.
Hopefully, this has helped you determine what type of lash enhancement is right for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Lash extensions are synthetic fibers that are attached to the natural lashes using medical-grade adhesive. They come in different sizes and curl width options. Lash extensions are great to make your eyes appear wider and more lifted. These are customizable too unlike lash strips. As your natural lashes shed, usually about six weeks for each eyelash, your extensions will come off as well. To keep your lashes healthy and in place, it is important to clean the lashes.
Avoid wearing any eye makeup as best as you can. You can still wear eyeliner but be careful how you remove it. Make sure to take off all your makeup at the end of the day because letting makeup build up around your extensions can cause them to come off early. Avoid glycerin and oil-based makeup products. This can cause the adhesive to break down prematurely and eyelashes to fall out. Mineral-based, or eyelash extension safe makeup is the best bet when it comes to cleansers. Avoid using non-eyelash approved eyeliners or mascaras because they can add too much weight to the hair follicle and cause them to fall out.
Use an oil-free makeup remover. The true first step in effective cleansing is to use formulas that are specifically made for lash extensions. Other products may contain ingredients that can weaken the bond of your lash extensions and cause them to shed prematurely. If you are making an investment in extensions, you don’t want to see them go to waste. To remove lash mascara, use an oil-free remover, use a few pumps of the remover on a spoolie brush or disposable mascara wand and brush through several; times to help break down the mascara and remove any debris.
Do not use cotton pads or swabs. The cotton can snag and rip out the lashes. So, after brushing through with the makeup remover, dab with a tissue to remove the product and repeat this step until all the mascara is gone.
We carry three different lash cleansers at Joanna Young Skin.
The Global Beauty Gentle Cleanse, the Bella Lash Lash Cleanser with Makeup
Remover, and the cleanLash by Novalash which is a 3 in 1 makeup remover,
cleanser, and conditioner. I recommend using one of these three products as
well as a silk pillow to keep the lashes from snagging while you sleep. Conditioning
serums are great if you are caught in between appointments which will keep your
natural lashes in good shape.
Trying to find a routine that is perfect for your skin can be tricky, especially because everyone has slightly different skin concerns. Many of you know I love Sorella Apothecary and can’t get enough of their products. I devised a list of products that are perfect for your skin type. Most products listed are found in my spa and were chosen for cleansing and prepping, treating and correcting, moisturizing and protecting, and exfoliating and nourishing that may be implemented into your skin routine.
This is perfect for those who have concerns
about preventative aging, aging skin, and/or sporadic breakouts.
To cleanse your face, I suggest using the Apricot Mango Cleansing Milk followed by a Watermelon Mint Hydrating mist in both the morning and evenings.
After cleansing, I suggest using the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum as well as the Lemon Lightening Serum to treat and correct the skin in both the morning and evenings.
To moisturize and protect use the Blueberry Milk Moisturizer in the morning and night and The Balm at night only.
Exfoliating and Nourishing the skin is very important. The Papaya & Pumpkin Mask, Cherry Pepper Peel, and Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant are my personal favorites.
Additional products that are good for dry skin are the All Night Elixir and the Facial in a Bottle.
Normal or Combination Skin
This is perfect for those who are
concerned about preventative aging, aging skin, sporadic breakouts, and/or just
To start off your mornings and in the
evenings, I suggest using the Orange You
Jelly Cleanser and the Watermelon
Mint Hydrating Mist, twice a day of course.
Treating and correcting can be done
with the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum and
the Pomegranate Acai Serum on both
the morning and night.
Blueberry Milk Moisturizers are great for moisturizing and protecting and should be
applied twice a day. I also suggest using the Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 in the morning.
Exfoliate and nourish with the Cherry
Pepper Peel or the Papaya & Pumpkin
In addition to these products I also suggest using The Balm, All Night Elixir, and the Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant.
Oily or Combination Skin
These products are specifically chosen
for those who have sensitive skin, frequent or severe breakouts, and/or are
concerned about preventative aging or aging skin.
I love using the Orange You Jelly Cleanser for cleaning and prepping my face twice a day. This can be paired nicely with the Spiced Wine Toner and the Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist at morning and night, or the Lychee Willow Bark Deep Clean twice a week.
The Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum is great to treat and correct skin concerns twice a day, especially when paired with the Pomegranate Acai Antioxidant Serum or the Facial in a Bottle.
Daily Greens Moisturizer will moisturize and protect your skin if used twice a day. The Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 is a great addition to your morning routine as well.
My top three products for exfoliating and nourishing would have to be the Cherry Pepper Peel, Mint Poppy Seed Polish, and the Papaya & Pumpkin Mask.
The additional product I recommend would have to be the Facial in a Bottle, Lemon Lightening Serum, and The Balm.
When shopping for new skin care products, you may notice there is a long list of acids and ingredients you cannot pronounce and may not recognize. It is important to know what each kind of acid can do to your face and what skin type of skin it is best for.
Glycolic acid is very common in skin care. It exfoliates the skin, reduces fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and helps with uneven skin tone. This acid is for all skin types and is great for those who have wrinkles and fine lines.
Salicylic is another common acid. This will exfoliate the skin, clear your pores, treat breakouts, and build your elastin and collagen. It is recommended for those who have combination, oily, or acne-prone skin.
Hyaluronic acid will hydrate and plump the skin by drawing in moisture from surrounding environments. This is for all skin types, especially best for dry or acne prone skin that needs an oil-free option.
L-ascorbic acid is also known as pure vitamin C. This is an anti-inflammatory that prevents UV damage, stimulates collagen, and brightens your skin tone. This acid is perfect for all skin types.
Ferulic acid will enhance vitamin A, promote healthy skin, prevent sun damage, fight free radicals, and protect collagen. Like L-ascorbic acid, this is perfect for all skin types.
Citric Acid speeds up cell renewal and balances the pH of your skin. This is best for those with hyperpigmented skin, have dark spots. This will agitate sensitive skin.
Lactic acid exfoliates the skin, speeds up cell turnover, and is naturally occurring. This is great for all skin types, particularly those with acne scarring.
Now that you know a little bit more about the acids that could be found in your face washes, cleansers, and toners, you can choose a product better suited for your skin.
LED light therapy is a painless skin care treatment that has so many benefits, specifically stimulating collagen and treating mild to moderate acne. LED uses an array of bright light-emitting diodes that send low-level light energy into the deepest layers of your skin.
Red light stimulates cellular activity to produce collagen and give your skin a plump look. This helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, stretch marks, and reduce the redness that could be the result of aggressive IPL or laser treatments. These results won’t be as dramatic as plastic surgery, IPL, or last, however, it’s gentler, natural, and less expensive.
Blue light works by killing Propionibacterium acnes, which
is the bacteria that lives below the surface of the skin and is responsible for
Both red and blue light LEDs are effective when used repeatedly. It is important to get this treatment every month or two and can be a part of larger treatments such as a HydraFacial.
Some other interesting points about LED therapy is that it
can help treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in winter months. Also, your eyes
can’t be hurt by LED light, so they do not have to be covered.
These treatments are a good choice for those who want to boost collagen or treat mild to moderate acne. This works best in conjunction with a regular skin care routine that you can develop with me.
We offer different types of lashes here at Joanna Young Skin; today I’ll help you determine which lash type is right for you; classic, hybrid, or volume lashes.
Classic lashes are applied to one natural lash and have a more uniform look about them. These lashes will enhance your look but will still appear natural.
Volume lashes are multiple extensions are made into a fan and applied to one natural lash. Volume lashes are very thin, and light so multiple lashes can be put onto one singular natural lash and create a glamorous, fluffy effect.
Hybrid lashes are a mix of classic and volume lashes. These lashes are sometimes called the Kim K lashes and give you the best of both worlds.
How should you determine which style is best for you?
Classic lashes are good for those who have a good number of natural lashes, have few gaps in the lash line, and are trying to achieve a more natural look.
Volume lashes are good for those who are looking for a fuller, darker, bolder look. All sets are custom to your liking and eye shape. I work attentively to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for.
Hybrid lashes are good for those who have fine natural lashes, slight gaps in the lash line, and wanting a fuller look that still appears natural.
Some things to know before your lash appointment:
· Do not use waterproof mascara 3 days prior to your appointment
· Arrive with a freshly clean face and lashes
· Avoid using oil-based products around and on the eyes prior to arriving
Dark spots are very common. Older adults, people with fair
skin, and those who have spent a lot of time in the sun are most prone to dark
spots. They appear most often on sun exposed areas, such as the face, hands,
shoulders, and arms. Age spots are harmless and don’t need treatment however in
some cases, prescription creams and procedures can make them less noticeable.
People with darker skin, a spot that is a few shades darker than the skin
usually fades within 6 to 12 months.
There are several causes for dark spots. Sun Damage is the most common after exposing skin to the sun or tanning beds. Hormones can play a factor as well. Melasma is a skin condition that causes small patches of skin to have discoloration. This is common in women during pregnancy. Medications can also lead to increased skin pigmentation and dark spots. The most common medications that cause this are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tetracyclines, and psychotropic drugs. Dark spots can also develop after inflammation of this skin. Inflammation of the skin can be caused by eczema, psoriasis, injury to the skin, or acne. Diabetes can cause areas of the skin to become dark. Conditions associated with diabetes include acanthosis nigricans which causes darkened, velvety skin, and shine spots which people may confuse with age spots.
Drying out your skin to get rid of your pimples
will do nothing but scar. There is a balance that must be met. When trying to
dry out your acne, you need to moisturize after to prevent scabbing and
Your skin will clear up if you stop stressing
Though stress can cause the body to produce more
hormones that stimulate oil production, there are plenty of other causes of
breakouts including genetics and hormone fluctuations.
Your diet doesn’t affect your acne
Foods that are high in glycemic loads, a measure
of the amount of carbohydrate a food contains and how it impacts blood sugar,
are associated with more pimple problems, especially when it comes to moderate
or severe acne. Foods that are low on the glycemic index may help reduce
inflammation. Try eating a diet that’s full of whole grains, fruits, veggies,
healthy fats, and lean protein, ad avoid highly processed and fast foods.
Tanning dries up pimples
The only good tanning is going to do for your is
increase your risk of skin cancer. Tanning and overexposure to harmful UV
radiation is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. If you are taking
medication for your skin, keep in mind some acne drugs can cause your skin to
be even more sensitive to the sun.
There is a right way to pop a pimple
Popping pimples can leave scars and spread
bacteria. Popping pimples can make them more inflamed, linger on your face
longer, or cause more to pop up in the surrounding area.
You only need one acne medication in your skin
There isn’t going to be a one solves all
medication. For example, you may want to pair a prescription topical cream with
an over the count benzoyl peroxide product. It may take one or two months to
find a formula that addresses your skin’s need.
Washing your face more often prevents acne
Just because you have acne does not meet your
face isn’t clean when you are washing it and washing it more might not be
helpful. Washing your face excessively can cause the skin to become more
sensitive and more susceptible depending on how strong your facial wash is.
Once in the morning and once before you go to bed may be enough but if your
skin is super sensitive or you are using a strong face wash, use your best
Sunscreen clogs pores
There are actually two types of sunscreen;
chemical and psychical. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV light and psychical
sunscreens reflect UV rays. Some chemical sunscreens may irritate the skin,
causing breakouts, physical sunscreens may actually help kill acne causing
bacteria. Look for zinc oxide on the sunscreen label. No more SPF excuses!
Stronger products are better
The stronger the product the more irrated your
skin may become. Be mindful when choosing over the counter products. Depending
on your skin type, sensitive products may be a better fit for you.
Treat your body acne as you would your face acne
Topical products aren’t absorbed as well by your
body as they are by your face. This is because the follicles on your body are
futher apart from each other than they are on your face. Even the best bacteria
blasting products may not do the trick so talk to your dermatologist and watch
generally a good thing because it removes dead skin cells. Dead skin can make skin look dry and prevents any treatments you use
from being fully absorbed. However, if you exfoliate too often, are too
abrasive, or combine multiple exfoliators, the natural oils and healthy
bacteria that keep your skin balanced can be stripped which can cause
irritation. More intensive exfoliation
once a week (blackberry lime, or mint poppy) Preferably in the evenings so the
skin has time to regenerate without being exposed to the elements and you can
apply a nice barrier to the skin.
rethink how your skin needs to be exfoliated this is where I recommend having a
monthly HydraFacial. Every four weeks
you can check in with your esthetician and get idea of what you need, as your
skin changes on a seasonal basis it can also change on a monthly basis. Upgrade
your facial service with a Marine Mermaid, locks in moisture and increases
absorption of active ingredients.
This time of year is really dry and cold, cold air equals dry air. (winter)
Dry air sucks the moisture out of the skin and
compromises the condition of the skin. Dry skin is a weak skin and more vulnerable
to irritation an aging. Also, this time of year we have heater on in our homes
and indoor heating can have a similar drying effect on the skin as well. To keep your skin barrier strong and
functioning properly I recommend some moisturizers with ingredients that help
retain moisture I personally use one by Sorella Apothecary, The Balm, that is
recommended as a night cream and has a little bit of beeswax in it. Beeswax
provides a protective barrier to help keep the skin nourished while still
allowing for it to breath. Black Current Extract is high in vitamin C and rich
in fatty acids which reduces inflammation and helps bind moisture to the skin.
It has anti-aging benefits as well with Argireline (wrinkle reducer) and
palmitoyl tripeptide-37 (potent peptide that’s proven to decrease wrinkles by
45% in 28 days). Hyaluronic acid serums
are great for the new year, Sorella’s Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum layers great
under any moisturizer. It contains Snow Mushroom Extract which is 3-4x more
hydrating than hyaluronic acid. Also contains niacinamide that reduces
inflammation and restores the skin’s natural barrier. Cogan grass provides long
time moisturizing benefits without clogging pores.
it might be a clue that you have a skin condition that has not been yet
For example, the
tendency to flush or flash along with persistent redness on your cheeks, forehead
and chin are commonly signs of rosacea. Eczema also causes irritation and dry
flaky skin, both conditions are best treated by an aesthetician or under a
dermatologist’s care. Sensitive and
sensitized are two different things. I find a lot of people don’t make this
connection. Sensitive skin is genetic and sensitized is often from outside
factors like the with weather, harsh ingredients and or over exfoliation.
Don’t forget to
use a toner.
Drink water. We
tend to consume a lot of sodium heavy foods this time of year.
applied every evening before bed to lock in moisture and heal and repair
sensitive lip area
In addition, I
always recommend cleaning your make up brushes and discarding old make up that
may have bacteria buildup on it.